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Each year, approximately 60 new patents are issued by the U.S. Patent Office for USDA inventions. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) transfers these inventions through licenses to the private sector for commercialization. Below are links to the new technologies that are available for licensing.

 

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Title

Description

Contact

154.13

NEW

 

VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS FROM SMALL GRAINS, METHOD OF MAKING AND USES THEREOF

 

Methods for processing starch containing grains into nutrient enriched fractions.

Potential Commercial Applications
-Production of, e.g., beta-glucan, protein and starch, from starch containing grains for food, industrial ingredients, or feed, e.g. aquacultural feed
                  
Competitive Advantages
-Simultaneously fractionate and recover grain fractions such as e.g., protein, beta-glucan and starch, from starch containing grains
-Separate protein before ethanol production

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

42.13

NEW

 

NOVEL METHODS OF COMPOSITIONS TO EVALUATE AND DETERMINE INACTIVATION OF HAZARDOUS BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS

 

Assays to determine that foodborne bacterial pathogens and other hazardous biological materials are adequately inactivated in food products. These assays/kits are time-temperature integrator assays that determine the inactivation of microbial food safety hazards in samples by quantifying the degradation of mitochondrial DNA using qPCR.

Potential Commercial Applications
-Safety monitoring of thermally or microwaved processed fruits and vegetables
-Assay kits to evaluate and/or determine the amount of inactivation of biological material in food products and objects (e.g. reusable medical and dental devices)
-Evaluate inactivation protocols and deviations in processing to reduce the amount of viable biological material in or on items
 
Competitive Advantages
-Continuous and rapid monitoring
-Assay food products directly

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

191.09 +  14.15

NEW

 

HIGH-AFFINITY MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES FOR BOTULINUM TOXIN    TYPE B

 

Patent no. 8,900,824, High affinity antibodies for binding epitopes of Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotype B and hybridomas that produce such antibodies.

Potential Commercial Applications
-Used to develop a sandwich ELISA-based test for detecting BoNT/B

Competitive Advantages
-Can detect picogram quantities of toxin
-Used to develop very sensitive, rapid and highly specific immunoassays

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

164.13 NEW

 

CAPTURE OF HUMAN NOROVIRUS FROM CLINICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD SAMPLES AND MEASUREMENT OF INFECTIVITY

 

Method for detecting and quantitating viable infectious Human noroviruses (HuNoVs).  The method comprises capture of intact capsids, genome release, and in situ qRT-PCR.
 
Potential Commercial Applications
-Detection of low concentration of multiple strains of HuNoV from complex samples e.g., clinical, environmental, food samples, etc.
-Validation of disinfection methods for HuNoV

Competitive Advantages
-Measures infective HuNoVs
-Requires only one reaction container
-Reduced number of false positives compared to conventional qRT-PCR
-Minimizes qRT-PCR inhibitors normally present in clinical, environmental and food samples
-Low cost assay

renee.wagner@ars.usda.gov

204.13

NEW

 

ELECTROSPUN CASEIN FIBERS AND FIBEROUS MEMBRANES

 

Methods of forming a fiber mat, involving forming an aqueous solution of at least one protein, at least one polysaccharide, and optionally a plasticizer, and electrospinning the aqueous solution onto a collector to form a mat.  Creates electrospun fibers from food proteins by using a food-grade polysaccharide to facilitate molecular entanglement in solution and which required no treatments prior to electrospinning.

Potential Commercial Applications
-Possibly to produce energy dense foods; foods to create satiety to fight obesity through loading of sensitive compounds known to curb hunger; creation of foods for enhanced delivery or time-released of nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, lipids and bioactive peptides; deliver enhanced flavors or textures; tailoring of the bioavailability of foods; foods for medical use; the development of edible sensors; and casein-based non-food materials, such as new fabrics.

Competitive Advantages
-New types of foods based on dairy and other food proteins over existing food formulations
- Allows inclusion of micronutrients, heat sensitive bioactives, probiotic/prebiotic blends into functional beverage and food formulations
- The texture and nutritious compositions can be tailored by the inclusion of nutrients during electrospinning or by altering operating conditions

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov

136.13         NEW

METHODS OF PRODUCING FOOD CONTAINERS WITH AN ANTIMICROBIAL COATING

Containers for fruits and vegetables with an antimicrobial coating containing TiO2 that kills microbes upon contact. Contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables often occurs when they are harvested, stored and distributed in containers that are repeatedly used. Microbes from decayed or damaged fruits and vegetables can be transferred to healthy fruits and vegetables via the containers. The bacterial-free containers are designed to address this issue.


Potential Commercial Applications
- Containers for food storage
- Containers for food transportation
- Prevent cross contamination of pathogens from containers
- Reduce risk of illness from foodborne pathogens


Competitive Advantages
- Provides a bacteria-free surface
- Reduced biofilm formed on the surface
- Lasts a long time
- Washable
- Minimum light source required to active the film

james.poulos@ars.usda.gov


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